Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Granville Street

Atmospheric Granville Street. (Tourism Vancouver/Nelson Mouellic)

Located in the heart of Vancouver, Granville Street is considered the city’s main entertainment district. Lined with countless restaurants, bars and nightclubs whose neon signs spark to life as darkness falls, the strip pulses with activity during weekends. As a main thoroughfare, Granville Street is easy to get to, whether your pleasure lies in shopping by day or shimmying on the dance floor at night.

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Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Granville Street

Holts Cafe Opens at Holt Renfrew Vancouver

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Holts Cafe interior

Luxury shopping has been pretty much defined by Canada’s Holt Renfrew since 1837, and with the downtown Vancouver store’s recent expansion it only seems fitting that a new restaurant is part of the plan. Continue reading:
Holts Cafe Opens at Holt Renfrew Vancouver

Nordstrom, A&F, AllSaints Ready to Move into Vancouver’s Revamped Pacific Centre

A rendering of the new Nordstrom store in Vancouver

A rendering of the new Nordstrom store in Vancouver

The ugly marshmallow palace in downtown Vancouver that was the old Sears building is ancient history. The dingy off-white facade has been replaced by gleaming glass and steel and the interior completely redone. Now it’s time for Vancouver’s retail renaissance to kick into high gear.

After years of renovation, the Pacific Centre expansion on Granville Street is finally ready to take in new tenants. High-end department store Nordstrom, which will anchor the new facility with a 230,000-square-foot space, is set to open its doors on Sept. 18. Meanwhile, a host of chic chain stores will move in this summer and get the retail party started.

From across the pond, U.K. retailer AllSaints is scheduled to open a 2,200-square-foot store on June 17. Known for its “rock-and-roll chic” aesthetic, AllSaints is strongly associated with the music industry, featuring trendy apparel with lots of leather. Later in the summer, U.S.-based clothing store Abercrombie & Fitch will brings its line of casual wear to Pacific Centre. The 4,000-square-foot location will be the first A&F in Vancouver since an outlet in the Oakridge mall closed in the early 1990s.   Continue reading:
Nordstrom, A&F, AllSaints Ready to Move into Vancouver’s Revamped Pacific Centre

Spring Style 101: Fashion Editor Lisa Tant Shows This Season’s Key Trends at Holt Renfrew

Trend: Modern geometry. Photo credit: T. Jerven

Holt Renfrew peplum top and skirt. $75 each. Photo credit: T. Jerven

Lisa Tant, Vancouverite and Holt Renfrew’s newly appointed fashion editor,  came to town to present the top trends for spring 2013 at the iconic Janson-Goldstein designed downtown department store.

The looks – slippers, platform runners, brights, print remix, monochromatic black and white, kitten heels  – are fun and relatively wearable. Add that to the growing influence of street fashion on high end fashion and spring 2013 is a great time to be a style-conscious woman.

Tant, who joined Holt Renfrew in fall 2012, started out as a fashion columnist for the Vancouver Sun. She went on to become the publisher of Hello! and the editor-in-chief of FLARE. This fashion editor is no Anna Wintour-style meanie. Tant is witty and warm.  She didn’t hesitate to entertain with anecdotes from her interviews with designers.

Roberto Cavalli, for example, answered every interview question she asked with “I love women.” She suggests following him on Twitter because he’s known to go rogue. Victoria Beckham, when asked why she went from singer to designer, said something to the effect of “Have you heard me sing? I’m no Madonna.”

Find the Lisa Tant Holt Renfrew Spring Trend round up after the jump. Expect tons of glamour shots. Continue reading:
Spring Style 101: Fashion Editor Lisa Tant Shows This Season’s Key Trends at Holt Renfrew

Ready for Spring? Don’t Miss Holt Renfrew’s Powder Puff Beauty Party, Jan. 22

Photo credit: Holt Renfrew

Have a case of the winter doldrums? If you’re a beauty/skincare buff, cure your winter blues at Holt Renfrew’s spring preview event, the Powder Puff Beauty Party on Tuesday, January 22.

This ticketed event ($25 per person) is likely best enjoyed with a gaggle of girlfriends. The fun takes place from 7:30pm to 10pm at the downtown Vancouver location of Holt Renfrew. Tickets include complimentary Magenta Madness mocktails and canapes from Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar. The ticket price will also count towards your shopping that night, if you spend $75 or more on a beauty product.

While the spring beauty previews are the main hook, there’s tons of other good stuff going on including complimentary manicures from the Holt’s Salon (using Lippman, Butter London and YSL), plus make-up brush cleaning, hand massages, brow waxing and makeovers. Find the full list after the jump. Continue reading:
Ready for Spring? Don’t Miss Holt Renfrew’s Powder Puff Beauty Party, Jan. 22

Holiday Shopping? Check out the Örling & Wu Christmas Pop-Up Shop at Holt Renfrew

Holiday shopping can be daunting. The new Örling & Wu holiday pop-up shop in the downtown Pacific Centre’s skybridge to Holt Renfrew has the seasonal charm that encourages a lazy linger rather than hurried, list-based browsing. The Gastown-based retailer has curated a lovely selection of Christmas decor and hostess gifts which will be on sale there through Dec. 24.

The Örling & Wu holiday pop-up is Holt Renfrew Vancouver’s first-ever home decor pop-up shop. It’s reassuring that the 175-year-old queen bee of exclusive fashion made it a point to work with a local business. The pop-up has old-fashioned holiday decorations by Jan Constantine, festive tea cozies by Poppy Treffrey, historical bone china mugs by Cole of London, sparkly Sabre serving spoons and clever ornamental creations by Italy’s Miho Unexpected.

“Our business has always been about making homes and lives feel beautiful. Adding beauty to simple moments is what makes the holiday season memorable,” explains Julie Wu, co‐founder of the local biz.

Holt has also partnered with Vancouver-biz Soirette Macaron on a Christmas macaron and tea shop in Holt Renfrew, so you can power up with gingerbread and mint-choc macarons while shopping.

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Holiday Shopping? Check out the Örling & Wu Christmas Pop-Up Shop at Holt Renfrew

Folli Follie Pop-Up Store Opens at Vancouver Holt Renfrew

There’s been a lot of exciting news in Vancouver fashion this fall. The Downtown Bay opened both Vancouver’s first Topshop capsule and the high-end designer collection ‘The Room’ in September, H&M launches its Versace for H&M line at the Pacific Centre H&M on November 19, and now high-end fashion department store Holt Renfrew is bringing Folli Follie to Canada for the first time with a pop-up store that will run until January 31, 2012. (Just in time for holiday shopping!)

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Folli Follie Pop-Up Store Opens at Vancouver Holt Renfrew